MARK R. FRIEDMAN
Mark R. Friedman helps New Jersey and New York families navigate the complexities of Medicaid and other public assistance programs, secure long term care, provide for loved ones with disabilities, avoid losing their life savings when faced with long term care costs, obtain guardianship over incapacitated loved ones, preserve their legacies with well-crafted wills and trusts, put in place powers of attorney and healthcare directives, and other matters involving elder law, special needs and estate planning.
Mark helps clients plan for the future while dealing with the present.
Mark was awarded the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) 2023 Distinguished Legislative Service Award, the Bar Association’s highest honor, for his work on guardianship reform, including testifying before the New Jersey Assembly.
Mark served as Chair for the New Jersey State Bar Association’s (NJSBA) Elder and Disability Law Section from 2020 – 2021. He previously served as Vice Chair and Roundtable Coordinator, where he organized educational programs for attorneys. He also previously served as Legislative Coordinator, a role in which he reviewed pending legislation and advised the Section how it will affect seniors and people with disabilities, to guide the Bar Association’s lobbying efforts.
Mark is a frequent speaker on guardianships, elder law, Medicaid, special needs and trusts and estates issues. He has spoken at seminars on guardianships both in the contexts of elder law and developmental disabilities, Medicaid planning and applications, estate planning for unmarried couples, same-sex couples and people in non-traditional relationships; the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) on people with disabilities; how ABLE accounts can be used in conjunction with special needs trusts; and other cutting-edge aspects of the law.
In 2019, Mark was selected for inclusion in New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (published by Thompson-Reuters).
Mark’s accomplishments include:
-Currently serving on the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Nominating Committee, a team that investigates and nominates the next generation of Bar leaders
-Served on NJSBA Blue Ribbon Commission on Unmet Legal Needs, an innovative effort to find a model to put underemployed lawyers to work serving New Jerseyans with unmet legal needs
-Published articles in the New Jersey Law Journal on same-sex estate planning, representing Medicare plaintiffs in a personal injury lawsuit, and the Affordable Care Act’s impact on special needs
-Former contributing editor to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Blog
-Inaugural fellow of the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) program
-Awarded second place at the NJ State Bar Foundation’s 2013 art show
Aside from practicing law, Mark enjoys hiking, bicycling, scuba diving, and exploring the outdoors with his lovely wife.
Larry and Mark are a father-and-son legal team. We’ll let you figure out which is which.
J.D., New York University School of Law, 2011
B.A., Binghamton University (SUNY), 2008